Four Tips to Select The Perfect Exterior House Color

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Four Tips to Select The Perfect Exterior House Color :

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood where every house is painted the same color?  How boring is that?  Have you ever driven by a house and asked yourself, “Who in the world would pick THAT color?” Their neighbors probably say that every day.

So how do you end up somewhere in between those two scenarios?  With just a little guidance, you can pick a combination of colors that makes you proud of your home and keeps your neighbors friendly.

Here are some THREE things to consider when choosing a color for the outside of your home:

What style of home do you have?
Historic? Solid brick? Stucco?

Older, historic homes can look great with the strong primary colors of red, yellow, and blue.  The abundant trim and wood windows give you many areas to accent with color.  With a solid brick home, you are limited to applying color to the soffits, fascia, and windows.  The same goes for most stucco homes.

If you have a home in the suburbs, a more earth tone color palette is usually mandated by the home owners’ association. Oh joy. In that instance you have to paint a different color than your immediate neighbors, but not too different.

Where is your home located? 
Places around the coast seem better suited to pastels.  Midwest homes look great with tried and true earth tones or primary colors.  Mountain properties often blend in with their surroundings, using darker greens and browns.  And properties in the southwest tend to look best with lighter, desert colors.

What’s your favorite color?
Sometimes it just comes down to what color or colors are your favorites.  What color does your car tend to be?  Do you have blue, gray, white, or beige carpet inside?  What are the predominant colors in your wardrobe?  Do you like warm yellows and browns, or cool greens and blues?  Do you like a sharp contrast, like a dark gray with white trim, or a subtle combination such as a light gray with a dark gray?  Are you getting the picture that there is more than one right answer for what colors you should paint the exterior of your home?

So here are some basic tips to choose the best color for the outside of your home:

  1. If you have a material such as brick or stucco that is not being painted, start with that color. 
  2. Next, find a siding color that brings out the flavor of your brick or stucco.  A light beige with a hint of rust works great with red brick, for example. 
  3. Find a trim color that is complimentary on the color wheel to pull it all together.
  4. Remember that white goes with almost anything, especially as a trim color.  And pull in a strong accent color, like dark red, dark blue, or black for a small splash on your front door, shutters, or window trim. 

Most paint companies have charts with three-color combinations that work great.

  • Drive around neighborhoods and look for houses that catch your eye.

And finally remember:  It’s your house. Pick a color that makes you feel good when you come home every night from a long day at work.  That is the kind of welcome you are looking for!

Call us today at 303-937-1912 for your FREE estimate and tell us how we can help you select the best color shade to beautify your home!

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Painting it Forward for Charity



Painting it Forward for Charity

Denver PDCA and APS Charity 1:18:14

Auis, Luis, Brandt, Alejandro, and Kevin

The painting business in metro Denver has treated me very well as the owner of American Painting Specialists (APS) and continues to help support the families of seven painting technicians.  We thank God, the Universe, and our great customers that have kept us in business for 26 years!

Besides providing professional interior and exterior painting services to our customers, we also want to give back to our community by doing more for our neighbors in 2014.

The word “charity”, a noun, is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary in some interesting ways:

  1. Love for one’s fellow men and women
  2. Leniency in judging others (we would prefer to face a lenient judge if possible, wouldn’t we?)
  3. Generosity toward the needy (which can take many forms)
  4. The help given (the key word is “given”)
  5. A welfare institution, fund, etc. (nearly endless choices of focused aid)

Last weekend, I participated in a group charity-painting event sponsored by the Denver Chapter of the Painting and Decorator Contractors of America at Warren Village located on Gilpin Street in Denver.  Warren Village provides temporary housing to single parent families as they work to get back on their feet.  Adults must work or go to school full time and have a plan to move out, to receive assistance at Warren Village.  It is great to help people who are working hard to achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.

Warren Village

Photo courtesy of Warren Village

As a proud member of the PDCA and the former 2013 term president, I went with a few team members to paint the first-floor hallways at Warren Village.

Kevin Warrent Village Charity 2014

Kevin preparing to paint

Kevin 2 Warren Village Charity 2014

Kevin is Painting it Forward!

It was fun to paint for the day with some fellow painters from other painting companies.  Our group efforts cleaned up the walls in the busy hallways, and it made me smile to see all of the kids coming and going, trying to stay out of the way and off the drop cloths.  It was heartwarming as adults and children alike thanked us.

There are four other floors at Warren Village that need paint maintenance, and APS may return in the fall to paint one or two more floors.  It will be a fun time for all of my technicians to work on a project at the same time where they will enjoy teasing me about being the slowest painter of the bunch!

APS is happy to have another plan to give back to our community by painting for a person or organization in need as well as donating a portion of each painting sale to four charitable organizations. Each painting customer will have the opportunity to choose which one of the four charitable organizations will get the donation.


The four charities that we have chosen are:

I look forward to making a difference in people’s lives with these planned charity efforts.

The Lord knows that all of us at APS have a lot for which to be thankful!

Please contact the organizations discussed in this blog to see how you can join APS’s charity efforts to give back to your community and Paint it Forward!

A special thanks to Brandt Domas and Dara Anderson for the photos.


Kevin Getz, Owner

“For a Professional Painting Experience”

American Painting Specialists, Inc.

1750 S. Tennyson St.

Denver, CO  80219


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